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2019 Olympiads

Promoting higher thinking in Science.

There are six Olympiad programmes run by NZ teacher groups to promote higher thinking in Science

Every Olympiad runs supported tutorials for keen students and camps for immersion studies and selection for a talented team to represent NZ overseas.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi provides funding to support the students travel - there are international medals to be won at the Olympiads and a springboard to university scholarships and success.




All schools are eligible to enter. Students must: 
  • be less than 20 in the year of the competition
  • be in full-time attendance at a secondary school in NZ
  • have attended school in NZ for at least 2 years
  • have not already participated twice in the IBO
  • have not obtained a diploma allowing study at a university or equivalent institution before the 1st of January of the actual competition year
  • have not yet started study at a university or equivalent institution as regular or full time students

The first step in the selection and training process is the NZIBO national entrance exam on Wednesday August 22nd.  

Registration information is available at: http://www.nzibo.org/nzibo/registration/ 

Online registration closes for the 2018-2019 entrance exam on Friday 3 August.




All schools that are members of the New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers are eligible to enter. 

The first step in the selection process for the 2019 Team will be selected by an essay competition. 

The deadline for this will be Wednesday 15th August 2018. 



Physics IYPT




All schools are eligible to enter a team for regional NZYPT tournaments (or two teams if agreed by the regional organisation). 

Entry from September 2018 to Jan 2019.

A strong individual performance in any of the regional or national tournaments allows students to be selected via a judging panel for the NZ squad for IYPT.  

Entry from September 2018 to Jan 2019 







All schools are eligible to enter and participate in all activities.

However students should be NZ citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for final team selection. 

Activities leading to summer camp eligibility include involvement in:

Students are identified from these activities and invited to a summer camp in January.

Further selection competitions are held at camps and in February and March of 2019. 





 To be eligible, students must be under 20 and not intending to attend University in 2019.

Students must have been attending a New Zealand school for at least two years prior to July 2019. 

Closing date for entry to first round exam is 26 September 2018. 

First round exam will be held 16-18 October 2018.  




Students are eligible to enter if:
  • they will be at a New Zealand secondary school in 2019
  • they have a New Zealand passport or hold New Zealand residency status
  • they have been born on or after 1st July 1999
  • they will not be formally enrolled at a university or similar institution before July 2019

 Students will submit answers from the selection problems (to be sent to schools in September 2018) before the deadline (to be confirmed)